Rarely does a day go by without a friend or stranger asking me to pray for them, their loved ones, or for a special request. Even those who find no inspiration in organized religion feel a need to ask for divine intervention, and share a deep level of concern about their spiritual life and the well-being of others. When anyone asks for prayer, they are, in effect, strengthening their connection to the divine mysteries of everyday life and asking me to join them. So many are moved to punctuate life’s most stellar, most painful, most confusing, even most ordinary moments with prayer, and this is how I join them.
There are several altars in my apartment, one of which is dedicated to those who ask for prayer. Ever since fire was discovered, lit candles have signified the presence of God. In praying for others, I light a candle to surround the person for whom I’m praying with divine presence and pray for enlightenment. I ask that they feel divine guidance every moment of every day. I pray that they know they are never alone. God is within them always.
Ask for Divine Intervention
The focus of your heartfelt prayer becomes mine when I pray for you; whether it is to heal, console, get pregnant, sell a house, get a good job, or find true love. The call for prayer is such a mysterious impulse because it always comes from something in life that moves us profoundly and often feels somehow connected to God. Everything we experience is capable of being transformed, of being lived in a different way, and prayer enables us to do that. I pray that your life be transformed in accord with your prayer.
I always thank God for being called upon to pray for others. Though you may not immediately get what you want, something always happens, even if it’s being asked to wait. What you want to happen gradually becomes real in ways you may never have envisioned. A noticeable kind of awakening occurs. You may see things differently, receive insight and understanding, even be granted peace with whatever happens. The moment of greatest grace always helps us see more clearly, love more dearly, and follow more nearly. When praying for others, I thank the God of your life for drawing you near.
Until next week, think about this: I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go. —Abraham Lincoln
Karol Jackowski, Ph.D., became a nun in 1964. She's also been a college administrator, graduate of New York University, manager of a toy store, author of eight books, painter of religious folk art, and sister to everyone she meets. Please visit her website at KarolJackowski.com.